Melbourne Water has been recognised on the 2021 AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies list, coming in at fourth place for their innovative Wetlands Analytics Visualisation Environment (WAVE) technology. Melbourne Water have been named in the top five companies for three years in a row. The WAVE technology can analyse aerial wetland vegetation photography and provide an instant report on growth and health.
The WAVE technology has proven invaluable in protecting Melbourne’s wetlands. Melbourne Water Managing Director, Michael Wandmaker, said
“Wetlands are crucial to Greater Melbourne as they filter water and pollutants before entering local waterways. WAVE allows us to accurately count and monitor vegetation over time, which also helps us protect Melbourne’s biodiversity.”
Melbourne Water is responsible for the construction of up to 30 new wetlands every year, so they are constantly exploring new technology that results in better environmental outcomes for the people of Greater Melbourne.
The Australian Financial Review and Boss Magazine annual Innovative Companies list assesses top innovations implemented in the past two years. In 2021 more than 700 nominations were received across 10 industry categories from companies across Australia and New Zealand.
Judges measure the value of the problem an innovation solves, the quality and uniqueness of the solution, and the level of impact the innovation has.
The recognition illustrates Melbourne Water’s, and the broader Victorian water sector’s, commitment to excellence in research and innovation. VicWater extends its warmest congratulations to Melbourne Water.